VOLUME 1, ISSUE 15|April 16, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE:
Updates from the Community Life Office ::
Herndon Gallery creative director launching photo workshops ::
A message to faculty and staff from ADP ::
Notes on the term transition from Academic Services ::
New hours for Antioch Farm volunteers ::
Admitted students and their families joined the College community Sunday for presentations from Antioch faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the “Choose Antioch” event. Dean of Admission & Financial Aid Cezar Mesquita has asked that those who interacted with guests contact him concerning feedback they received from students (and their families).
:: Updates from the Community Life Office
The Community Life Office reports a recent agreement to collaborate with the Village Mediation Program to begin training for staff and students in conflict management. VMP will also work with Community Standards Board to audit the current guidelines of CSB and engage them in discussion about elements of Restorative Justice that might be appropriate for their work. VMP is one of 18 state mediation programs and has been in existence for over 20 years. Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn from these wonderful folks.
The Council of Conveners and some members of the Governance Task Group met on Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the work on governance this term. The Council of Conveners will be meeting every Wednesday from 5–6 p.m. as needed. The Task Group will be working to create a proposal for constitution and by-laws for governance. There was productive discussion on what would be considered desirable for our system going forward and what are necessities. There was also agreement that communication needs to flow both ways between the two groups. Council of Conveners will continue working on by-laws that are useful for their day-to-day process this term, as well as hearing concerns from the community. Please contact your conveners with any agenda items you would like to have addressed. The next Council of Conveners meeting will see the selection of a chair, a secretary, and a timekeeper, as well as the prioritization of items for by-laws. A Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. for everyone working on campus.
Several co-curricular classes will be offered this term. Kettlebells will begin evening and morning classes the week of April 24. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been proposed, and horseback riding at Funderberg stables on Saturdays is a possibility as well. Zumba is still on Thursday evenings. Beverly Logan is interested in continuing with singing courses, so let her know if you plan on singing this term. Another possibility is Jill Becker teaching her dance improvisation class again; it would meet on a weekday evening or during the weekend. Guy Matthews is teaching a class in football strategy. Check in with all of these folks and the Community Life Office with your interest, especially to help determine if the dance improvisation course will be offered.
:: Herndon Gallery creative director launching photo workshops
Dennie Eagleson, creative director for the Herndon Gallery, has proposed a series of photo workshops for the spring quarter. Possible topics/activities include:
- Creative camera controls using digital or analog (film-based) cameras. Discussion about shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and how they interact to give you more creative control of the pictures you make
- Plastic lens cameras (Holgas) requiring exposing B&W or color film
- Scanning of B&W and color negatives and intro to digital workflow in Photoshop
- Shooting assignments and sharing work
- Field trips to photo shows in the area
- Field trips to make photos, e.g., to Stark’s Auto Junkyard in Dayton
She is open to adding other topics based on what participants would be interested in. The meetings would likely be held every other Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; however, this is somewhat flexible conditional on interested individuals’ schedules.
Those interested should contact Dennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-768-6462. Also, please let her know if you own a digital or analog camera, if Monday night works for you, and (if not) what other night would work better.
:: A message to faculty and staff from ADP
Open Enrollment for the ADP TotalSource, Inc., Health and Welfare Plan is here! Open Enrollment is the time for you to review and compare your current coverage against next year’s benefits to make sure you have the health care coverage that best meets the needs of you and your family. Additionally, if you are not currently participating in ADP TotalSource coverage, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the valuable benefits offered through the ADP TotalSource, Inc. Health and Welfare Plan. The effective date for the new Plan Year is June 1, 2012.
Online Enrollment is Fast and Accurate. You have Elected Paperless enrollment and can use Enrolling Online - the fastest, most accurate way to enroll. My TotalSource contains information about your benefit options, including a summary of each plan to help you choose the benefits that are best for you and your family. When you enroll online through My TotalSource, the benefit carriers receive your elections quickly and accurately. You can also confirm your elections and print a temporary medical plan identification card right away. Also, if you make your elections online, but change your mind before your deadline date, you can easily update your choices using the online enrollment system.
If you have previously logged on to My TotalSource and have forgotten your username or password, follow the instructions on the login page of My TotalSource to retrieve your user name or reset your password. Once you have registered and are logged onto the system, you can access your online enrollment by selecting the Benefits Tab and then choose the Elect Benefits option.
You must submit your elections by 04/26/2012. If you don’t, you may be enrolled in the default coverage or not have benefits at all. The elections you make now will be effective until May 31, 2013.
Even after you enroll, you’ll find useful information on My TotalSource, including access to My Paycheck (view your paycheck details and history) and information on the Perks program (discounts on a wide range of premium-brand products, services, and entertainment as well as real estate and financial services).
:: Notes on the term transition from Academic Services
- Thanks to those that have submitted evaluations from last term! This is a gentle and friendly reminder about submission of your student evaluations from winter term (both blocks), if you have not already done so. The deadline for submission is today, April 16.
- To increase the level of security in maintaining student records, any student who desires to view his or her grade reports and narrative evaluations must make a written request. This can be done in person or via e-mail, as long as your actual signature is on the form. Processing time for all requests are from five to ten business days after receipt of your request. Contact Jaton Brame to obtain this form or see her outer office door; completed and signed forms may be placed in the lock box to the right of the office door if Jaton is away.
- Since students are working at co-op during regular office hours, Jaton will be available Monday evenings in April and May from 5 to 7 p.m. to take care of registration transactions, schedule student support meetings, etc. Feel free to stop by or send Jaton an e-mail to schedule a meeting.
:: New hours for Antioch Farm volunteers
Farmer Kat Christen reports that the Antioch Farm will now be holding volunteer hours at slightly different times (but on the same days as before). Come out Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. to pitch in. (Don’t worry, Kat or students will be out at the old times for a few weeks just to make sure everyone adjusts to the change!)
We erred! Last week’s issue of One Morgan Place stated that the upcoming Philosophers’ Roundtable would take place on May 20. In fact, the event—featuring Antioch University professor of philosophy Joe Cronin speaking on “The Nature of Nature”—will be held on Friday, April 20. The event will be held in McGregor 147 and starts at 4 p.m.
:: Upcoming events
Monday, April 16
Miami Valley Chapter Social
6 p.m. Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20
Volunteer Work Project
Antioch College campus
Tuesday, April 17
Governance Task Group Meeting
6 p.m. McGregor 205
Wednesday, April 18
Community Standards Board meeting with Village Mediation Program
Thursday, April 19
Case Commons № 1 Open House
4:30–5:30 p.m. Case Commons № 1
Thursday, April 19
Volunteer Awards Dinner (by invitation)
5:30–7:30 p.m. Case Commons № 1
Thursday, April 19
Gamelan Concert at University of Dayton
8:00 p.m. Case Commons № 1
RSVP to Community Life if you want to attend
Friday, April 20
4–6 p.m. McGregor 147
Saturday, April 21
Intergroup Dialogue Workshop with Steven Oliver
1–4 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center
Steven will be returning to the community to continue training our community in Intergroup Dialogue techniques. This is a nationally recognized practice to help engage students with issues of social justice and provide skills to speak across difference with effectiveness and respect. Students are required, and staff and faculty are strongly encouraged, to attend this training.
Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22
Earth Day Weekend at Glen Helen
Saturday, April 21
Dining cooperative dinner with admitted students
6 p.m. Birch Commons
Sunday, April 22
Choose Antioch: Admitted Student Visit Day
12:30–6 p.m. Antioch College campus
Wednesday, May 9
1 p.m. McGregor 113